Cloned cards, left behind passports, and pickpocketed phones – the world of international travel, while thrilling, can be fraught with misfortune. But that’s not to say you can’t prepare yourself. Forewarned is forearmed, and these essential travel accessories will leave you safe, secure, and looking like a seasoned traveller in the know.
ANGEL Pre-paid Mastercard
Pre-paid Mastercards are a great alternative to carrying large wads of foreign currency around on your travels, and the ANGEL Mastercard is a great example. It’s available in HKD and RMB versions and can be used at any outlet that accepts Mastercard. You can order a card with no credit check by downloading the ANGEL App. The app enables users to reload their cards anytime, anywhere, and keep track of their spending in real time. Cardholders can choose to limit their funds or add up to HK$100,000 value, keeping only what they require on their person. A simple ID/passport verification is the only requirement for an instant top-up. A truly handy travel accessory for anyone who is on a budget but has a tendency to splurge!
Available for HKD300 from ANGEL Pre-paid Mastercard
Gone are the days of crumpled boarding passes, paper printouts and rummaging in your bag for reservations. The free TripIt travel app keeps your travel itineraries, boarding passes, and confirmation emails in one concise space which saves you time and energy. It is accessible both on and offline, with an app that is compatible with smartphones and tablets. And if you’re a frequent traveller, you may consider paying for the premium services, which notifies you of changes, when a better seat becomes available and suggests alternative travel arrangements when required.
Available to download for free from TripIt
Lost luggage, misplaced passports, that sinking feeling that you’ve left your phone on the plane – worst-case scenarios for many a traveller. Enter the advent of Bluetooth tracking devices like the Tile Style, a pocket-sized device that syncs with your smartphone from up to 100 feet away. When you’ve lost an item, simply open the app and your Tile will make a loud beeping noise, alerting you to its whereabouts.
Available for USD35 from Tile
If you’re looking for a sleek, sophisticated travel accessory, then the Ostrich Pillow might not be for you. But don’t bury your head in the sand just yet, because comfort is key during long stints facing a limited-recline. While the company now offers several variant products, its original napping pillow boasts an ergonomic design that lets you plunge into darkness while protecting your head and neck no matter where you are, making it the ideal companion for trains, planes and automobiles.
Available for USD60 from Ostrich Pillow
Sport 25 Solar Kit
Try as we might to deny it, we’re all glued to our smartphones, and when travelling, a little-added jolt of power can really come in handy. The two-part Sport 25 Solar Kit combines the lightweight power pack with a solar panel. Its design works for 5V appliances and the durable, waterproof casing makes it ideal for travellers planning on venturing off the beaten track.
Available for GBP105 from Power Traveller
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